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As state officials work feverishly on their plans to implement medical marijuana in South Dakota, local officials are also feeling the pressure the short timeline is giving them to regulate dispensaries in their communities.  The state is currently dealing with two marijuana related issues, IM26 and Amendment A. 

Amendment A, specifically deals with Recreational Marijuana, while IM26 deals with Medical Marijuana.  Amendment A was struck down by a Circuit Court in Pierre as being unconstitutional earlier this year. That ultimately led to the issue being addressed by the South Dakota Supreme Court last week.  If the Supreme Court agrees with the Circuit Court ruling, recreational marijuana will not move forward in South Dakota.

Medical Marijuana is set to “go live” on July 1st.  With that in mind, the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance and the Municipal League of Cities has prepared a temporary template ordinance that cities and counties may use as they prepare their own local long term ordinances.  Watertown City Attorney Matt Roby explained…….

Roby explained the steps that would be needed to pass the emergency ordinance……

Roby said there are two ways cities can regulate the dispensaries….

Roby said the law prevents cities from totally banning dispensaries in their communities…..

Coming up next week, we will be hearing from District 5 Representative Hugh Bartels, who sits on a legislative committee addressing Marijuana related issues in South Dakota about the steps that are being taken at the state level to implement medical marijuana.